I love Barbour jackets.  It’s one of those authentic British brands that strikes a perfect balance between fashion and function.  We have a limited supply: two styles, three colors, all in a quilted flyweight fabric.  These are great for travel, as they’re lightweight and don’t wrinkle.  The belted one at left sells for $212; the other two are $150.


Have you picked up a copy of Garden & Gun magazine this month?  This quality publication is out of Charleston, SC, and we’re thrilled to be included in their December 2009/January 2010 issue.  Associate editor, Haskell Harris, included us in their It’s a Southern Thing gift guide, which features 20 unique items from across the South.  At the magazine’s request, we had Ben do a silverplated magnolia leaf tray with antler handle ($450), which we shipped to Brian Woodcock’s studio in Atlanta, GA, to be photographed for the issue about a month ago.  If you have time, check out Brian’s website.  His food, fashion and product photography is truly amazing.

Note: this exact piece has been sold to a customer out-of-town, but we have several more silver trays available.  For info, call Ellen Caldwell at 615-298-5800, or send an email: ellenc@caldwellcollection.com.

[special thanks to Garden & Gun’s staff and Brian Woodcock for use of these photographs]

This past weekend was the annual Junior League of Nashville fundraiser, ‘Tis the Season Holiday Marketplace, at The Factory in Franklin, TN.  It was the first time our store had participated in a show of any kind, and it was busy, exhausting and fun.  We had an excellent booth location, and the Junior League volunteers took great care of us.  On Saturday morning, I was having a quick, pre-show breakfast in the merchant lounge area, and these two nice guys, Mike Quaranta and Marston Maddox, sat across from me at the table.

This is what I found out about their venture: Two Good Dogs is an all-natural dog treat company based in Nashville, TN.  Founded in the Spring of 2009, it’s named in honor of Mike’s two dogs, Rocco and Chico.  When the pups began having health issues and required a diet change, Mike began researching canine nutrition and experimenting with meal and treat recipes.  In the process, he developed Granola Barks.

Granola Barks are handmade with all natural, human-grade white meat chicken and old-fashioned rolled oats.  There are no other ingredients.  They’re blended, then baked into crunchy, bite-sized treats that are naturally healthy and delicious for dogs.  I bought a case on the spot, and we now sell them at the store for $5/bag.

If you’ve been to Seaside, FL, in recent years, you’ll recognize Kelly Joseph’s exquisite leather and pearl jewelry designs.  We’re pleased to offer her work at the store, and I hope you’ll keep them in mind for holiday gifts this year.  Prices range from $60 to $650, and they’re appropriate for all age groups.  These versatile pieces are fashioned from freshwater and “black” Tahitian pearls.  They can go with casual outfits, such as jeans, and also do well with business suits and cocktail attire.

I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly and her fiance, Tommy Crow, a few weekends ago at the Artcletic fundraising event at USN.   Once we agreed to work together, they installed a fabulous display of her jewelry in a large pine cabinet at the store, which I purchased at a flea market in France many years ago.  Utilizing old driftwood, black sand, large clam shells and weathered linen, the display is as beautiful as the jewelry itself.

Note: all photos used in this post are courtesy of Tommy Crow Studios, www.tommycrow.com.

The Nashville Scene’s “Best of Nashville 2009” issue is on the stands this week, and two of our favorite vendors are included: Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Company and Partners Tea Company.  Both are local start-ups by young, enterprising Nashvillians (Scott Witherow makes the artisan chocolate; Sarah Scarborough and Jodi Banks import the fair trade tea).

!cid_C27B213E-BA01-4B03-81DD-788FD8DA4348@gbwOur relationship with Swiftwick, a local company based in Brentwood, TN, is an interesting one, as you wouldn’t expect an upscale gift store in Green Hills to carry cycling apparel.  Their socks are the “go-to” line for many pro cycling teams, and lots of Nashville cyclists and triathletes buy from us.  Now the company markets to retailers that cater to other sports: golf, tennis, hiking, horseback riding, etc.

We were one of the first stores in Nashville to carry Swiftwick back in its infancy, in the spring of 2007.  I believe Gran Fondo, a much-loved bike store in Belle Meade, was their top seller, and we were Number 2.  The Tennessean has featured our Swiftwick socks in numerous articles, and we’ve sold them online to customers as far away as Turino, Italy.

Another plus is that Swiftwick comes up with new sock styles on a regular basis, and now they make shirts as well.  The company is kind enough to provide us with a limited supply of  custom socks: Torrey Pines (the famous golf course), various styles for Mellow Johnny (Lance Armstrong’s bike store in Austin, TX), and Nashville Striders, a local sports club for avid runners.

Full disclosure: I’m devoted fan of these socks.  Once you try them, you’ll never go back to generic department store socks.  And if you give them as a gift, expect the recipient to ask you for more.

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